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Guava tree - existing leaves browning but still shooting new leaves...

We just planted a guava tree and it seems to be struggling. About 20% of the existing leaves are gradually turning brown and dropping off. That being said, the tips are still shooting new leaves. I'm befuddled. Someone said I was overwatering and I haven't done so in the past couple weeks (overwatered, that is) but still seem to e having some issues. Any thoughts?

On a side note, I posted about my kids garden boxes and we just picked our first strawberries, our corn plants are shooting skyward and the other plants are all shooting nicely. So, thanks to all for the suggestions and encouragement!

1 day ago
FattyDumplin in Gardening

Anybody on this board seen or done a WHOLE SWORD FISH over fire?

i have no skin in the game here, but figured i'd check the MBA website... They definitely partner with commercial fishing and dining businesses - although in my opinion, that's not necessarily a good or bad thing as i'm sure there are good and bad such businesses. They also seem to be generally supportive of longlining / trawling, so that's a personal view as to whether that guideline is "reckless" / "misleading". What I thought was interesting is their definition of "good alternative" - "These items are an option, but there are concerns with how they're caught or farmed-or with the health of their habitat due to other human impacts." That to me doesn't really read like a good alternative to me. Anyhoo...

Apr 15, 2014
FattyDumplin in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

kitchen OWIES!?!

I must've missed something... What happened to jfood? I always loved his posts.

Apr 02, 2014
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

Cafe Bagus (Bali)

That sounds very interesting... just looking at the ingredients, i can definitely recall a tamarind-y flavor to it and a pungency that i assume the shrimp pate might give. Plus teh chilies and sugar for the combo of spicy and slightly slightly sweet. Very interesting and I will have to try this sometime.

Thanks so much!

Apr 02, 2014
FattyDumplin in China & Southeast Asia

Cafe Bagus (Bali)

it was black-ish with small chunks (my guess is garlic / onion and other stuff) and was sort of salty and spicy. It was so long ago, hard to recall now.

Apr 01, 2014
FattyDumplin in China & Southeast Asia

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Yeah, well my kids still smelled like shampoo and baby powder :) That's my story and I'm sticking to itQ

Mar 27, 2014
FattyDumplin in Not About Food
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How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Thank you. I should add that to my list.
10) Dogs smell. Toddlers / babies smell like shampoo and baby powder :)

Mar 27, 2014
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

Shandong Mutton Restaurant in West San Jose

It was very light because the kids weren't hungry. I had the lamb noodle soup. Very light, but flavorful. Wouldn't say it was overly gamy, but enough to keep me happy. The noodles were very broad, around 1 inch wide and relatively thin (lasagne thickness). Very good. My wife had the 3 god spicy soup. We love this at Korean restaurants and my general feel is Chinese restos don't do this well. However, this version was very enjoyable. And she got the thinner noodles, which I liked better - springy and the perfect shape - kind of like a thicker ramen (the more curly type). I believe I've also had dumplings there in the past but they apparently dont serve them anymore, even though they have them in the freezer out back.

On a totally separate note, I went to Cicero's pizza there for the first time. Apparently its a local institution. Have to say, I really enjoyed the cracker crust. One of the better renditions of this genre I've ever had.

Mar 27, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I know this is being beaten to death, but here's my take on why I don't want dogs in the grocery cart, with a corresponding response to toddlers / babies, who appear to be the main point of comparison:
1) Fleas. Toddlers / babies don't have fleas.
2) Unwiped butts after pooping. Most people wipe their toddlers / babies butts when they poop.
3) Unexpected poopling / peeing. Most toddlers / babies wear some form of protective covering to address this possibility.
3) Walk in god knows what. Can't really counter this, I guess. Although, my kids have always tried to avoid stepping in random piles of whatever on sidewalk. Most dogs I see tend to be attracted to random piles of whatever.
4) Aren't washed daily. Most toddlers / babies are washed daily.
5) You can (generally) leave a dog at home. I'd love to leave my kids at home, but unfortunately, I can't do that without risking Child Services coming after me.
6) I'm allergic to dogs. Have never been allergic to humans.
7) Dogs shed. Toddlers / babies don't.
8) I find dogs to be disgusting. Yes, this is a personal quirk, but I'll lay it out there. I don't mind if someone puts an item in the cart and their kid slobbers / plays with it. I do mind if you swap a dog in for the kid.
9) Dogs aren't people. Saw some comments about how we treat non-human things unfairly and how dogs are our best friend. Sorry, not buying it. We displace all sorts of living creatures as humans. In my view, dogs aren't any different. We eat millions of cows in the US. Other cultures view cows as sacred. All a matter of perspective.

Mar 27, 2014
FattyDumplin in Not About Food
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Has Anyone Ever Roasted or Fried A Silky Chicken?

For what its worth, I sometimes eat the meat from these black chickens after its been boiled for soup. It's not great, but it's not terrible either. I do usually salt it or add soy sauce / sesame oil as the meat doesn't have much flavor. That being said, I actually don't mind the texture so much, which as others have noted is largely devoid of fat, kind of stringy and chewy. But I'm also one who doesn't generally prefer fattier cuts. If you're interested, there is another type of chicken also often used for soups, which I know as old mother hens. They tend to be even more chewy and again very light on fat. But I love boiling these for soup and then gnawing on the meat / skin / bones. I think ti mgiht actually be more interesting to try than the silkie. Good luck!

Mar 27, 2014
FattyDumplin in Home Cooking

Shandong Mutton Restaurant in West San Jose

supposedly their lamb "burrito" is really good. we went for lunch the other day and the waitress highly recommended it, but we already had ordered. admittedly, when it came out for another table, it looked fantastic.

Mar 26, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

TAIPEI MUSTS

Mr taster, did you ever get the name of that beef noodle place in Taichung? We're going in a week and would love to try it!

Mar 24, 2014
FattyDumplin in China & Southeast Asia

Cafe Bagus (Bali)

Please help! About 15 years ago, I spent a summer in Bali and probably ate at Bagus 20 times. I think it's still around and is (in my words) the Balinese equivalent of a seafood shack. I just remember I always ordered the grilled lobster which was cut open and seasoned then served with rice and this dark sauce on the side. Can anyone tell me what the ingredients or name of this style is? Would love to replicate it as its one of my favorite seafood preparations ever...

Mar 24, 2014
FattyDumplin in China & Southeast Asia

Relative always ruins good food

Haha. Made my day. Totally sympathize with garlicman, but I am also the person who 1) adds sour cream to guac and 2) uses Taco Bell seasoning for tacos... And yes, the instructions say to add water and cover :)

Mar 20, 2014
FattyDumplin in General Topics
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What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

YES! I found the achiote at our local Mi Pueblo supermarket. The funny thing is, everyone in the store kept pointing me to the non-paste form of achiote (looked like beads, which I assume is the annatto???). But luckily, one person knew what I was talking about and sent me to the right aisle.

Thanks for bringing back this memory for me. This alone, like I said, is what makes CH worth it for me. So excited to add this to my repertoire.

Mar 11, 2014
FattyDumplin in Home Cooking

What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

I'll add one more to this chain... Fish Tikinxic style. I went to Isla Mujeres 10 years ago and managed to find some random place (which I now know to be pretty popular) on the beach that served a whole grilled fish. What was so distinctive was the bright orange color of the marinade and they basically butterflied the fish and put it on the charcoal grill. Then, they brought you the fish, tortillas, salsa and guac. One of my all-time great meals, but I never could remember what it was called and thus, could never find a recipe.

Fast forward to last week and I randomly saw some thread on Chowhound about Isla Mujeres eats. And someone mentioned this place. Well, anyways, after some rampant Googling, I managed to find this website: http://explore-isla-mujeres.weebly.com/mayan--mexican-recipes.html, which began to give me the framework of what I needed to replicate this meal. And so this weekend, my family finally got to experience this fish I have raved about for years. For anyone interested, this is the place on Isla Mujeres: http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPh...

So as a side note, I've been reading a lot of threads recently about how CH has changed for the worse or isn't useful anymore. While I agree that there is probably a lot more noise than in years past, the finds one can make make the effort 100% worth it.

Mar 11, 2014
FattyDumplin in Home Cooking
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Fun stuff to plant for kids

Thanks all for the great ideas! We put down some corn, watermelon, sunflowers and strawberries this weekend (along with some tulips and callalillies for mom). Hoping to add a few more over the next couple weeks, likely beans / peas given the # of recs for that. Thanks again!

Mar 10, 2014
FattyDumplin in Gardening

Fun stuff to plant for kids

I live in Silicon Valley, so temperatures range from 50 - 80 year round and just built some planter boxes for my kids, which will be a in a pretty sunny area. My kids are 3 and 6, and I'd love to get some advice from others on what kids enjoy growing / picking? Of course, my 3yo has already said he wants to grow those "flowers that you blow", i.e. dandelions!

Mar 05, 2014
FattyDumplin in Gardening

Qui: The Good and the Meh

I was doubtful as well, but hte server was so adamant that I try it, I had to. And it was a great choice. But, I love ice cream, cheddar cheese and peanut butter, so it was a low bar!

Feb 12, 2014
FattyDumplin in Austin
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Qui: The Good and the Meh

Was in town for one night and had to try Qui out. I sat on the counter, which was fun given the open kitchen.

started with the Ode to MIchael Bras. A turnip dashi with a medley of smoked, pickled and raw vegetables. I loved this dish. The varying textures, aromas and tastes played so well with the dashi. However, I did notice that the broth was a bit salty, which unfortunately was a theme throughout the night. That being said, I could have easily had another serving of this as I't was basically the best cold soup I've ever had.

Venison tartare with coffee. This was fine enough. Venison was incredibly tender and flavorful. But it was overwhelmed by the sauce (I believe soy sauce based) and the coffee foam was basically non-existent.

Pasta. This was squid ink noodles with foie reduction and smoked trout roe. I loved the texture of the noodles. But this dish was incredibly salty due to the roe... to the point of making it unenjoyable by the final bites. I realize most restauarnts tend to be more heavy handed with salt than the average home cook, but this to me was way too much.

For dessert, I had wanted the halo halo, but the server convinced me to get the cheddar ice cream. Wow. What a great choice. Possibly my favorite dessert of all time. If you like sweet and savory, this is a gerat combination. The cheddar ice cream is subtle and sandiwched by two peanut butter wafers, drizzled with honey and topped with shaved cheddar. I couldn't stop eating this and wanted to order another.

Overall, sort of bifurcated meal. The things I enjoyed were some of the best things I've ever eating. But hte things I was ok on really were nothing more than 1 - 2 star type dishes to me.

With time, I think this place has a ton of potenetial though because the highlights are pretty incredible.

Feb 12, 2014
FattyDumplin in Austin
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My, how could that taste so awful?

Rick Bayless Fajita Seasoning.

Wanted to make fajitas for the kid's one night and thought, hey, the RB Fajita Seasoning must be pretty good. I was at Whole Foods and asked a random employee if they had heard anything about it, and he said, no, let's open one up and try it. We did, and it was terrible. I went back to the Taco Bell dry seasoning that I grew up with as a kid and my sons loved it.

Jan 31, 2014
FattyDumplin in General Topics

Are we allowed to share horrible, completely unredeemable experiences here?

not to say that the OP would at some point have paid for the food either. Only the OP can say that...

To be clear, I'm not defending the restaurant either. What they did is way over the line of what is acceptable.

At the same time, putting myself in each party's shoes, I can be understanding of the choices that were made. As the OP, I probably wouldn't have been thinking "ooh, gotta call the restaurant" either given the situation. As the restaurant, I can understand the concern given how thin margins are.

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in Austin

Valentine's Day (or everyday) restaurant that offers babysitting

Actually, you're totally right... and we're actually moving to Saratoga that weekend, so in reality, this will have to be a pre / post Valentines event.

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

Valentine's Day (or everyday) restaurant that offers babysitting

good idea!

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

Valentine's Day (or everyday) restaurant that offers babysitting

Rainey, no apology needed. Yeah, it's funny because our son is totally normal. He's in K, teachers love him, kids love him, he loves the school. So that's not the issue. It's probably more inertia than anything, we've moved a number of times over the years so haven't had consistent babysitters and even for me, I wouldn't just leave my kids alone until I was very comfortable and had observed for awhile. I know, it sounds crazy, but its just the way we are!

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

Impact of plastic bag ban?

Haha, touche Josh. However, I am pretty rational and open to good ideas, so after much consideration, I've concluded most of the liberal BS is just that ;)

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

Are we allowed to share horrible, completely unredeemable experiences here?

Yes. Bad experience due to restaurant snafu? I'm letting the manager know and walking out without paying. Personal / work emergency? I'm paying for whatever's been made. Why should a restaurant foot the bill for my personal emergency?

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in Austin
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Trying to find Chinese Honey Mandarins from China in the Bay Area

Try the Ranch 99s. I was at Marina Foods in Cupertino yesterday and they had a huge selection of citruses.

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

Valentine's Day (or everyday) restaurant that offers babysitting

Yes, I know, weird request. And please don't try to convince me to get a babysitter, because the wife won't allow it... However, it's been 6 years since my wife and I have gone out for dinner alone, basically since my first son was born. I'd love to find a restaurant that has a babysitting service on the side or something, so my wife can have the peace of mind she wants while enjoying a nice dinner for the first time in years without the kids. Any ideas?

Jan 28, 2014
FattyDumplin in San Francisco Bay Area

Impact of plastic bag ban?

I was pissed when they instituted the ban in CA. I thought it was typical liberal BS and I wanted to use my damn bags. But now, a year or so in, I have to say I was entirely wrong. I don't even think about it anymore, and when I do, its more to reflect that wow, I never really needed to use all those plastic bags... Nowadays, I keep a resuable bag or two in my car and then whenver I do buy raw meats, I will ask for a paper bag. A true change for the better, imo.

Jan 27, 2014
FattyDumplin in Not About Food